Update on Infrastructure Projects

July 27, 2009

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Getting the infrastructure projects moving and finished on time will take a lot of coordination and effort.  Council recently delegated some additional authority to our Chief Administrative Officer in order to get the job done and get people working.

This is his most recent update to Council regarding progress:

Roads projects

Contracts have been awarded for design work associated with the road reconstruction projects scheduled to begin early in 2010.  Design work will be completed by the end of 2009, so that construction tenders can be issued in January 2010, and construction begin as early as the weather permits in 2010.

For your information, below is a list of successful bidders for the design of each project.

Stevenson – York to Elizabeth  –  Conestoga Rovers & Associates

Victoria – Eastview to Eramosa –  Conestoga Rovers & Associates

Speedvale – Stevenson to City limits – AMEC Philips

Eramosa/Delhi  – IBI Group

Westmount – Speedvale to London – Upper Canada Consultants

Bike lanes – Stone and Gordon – IBI Group

Dawson – Shelldale to Speedvale – Pitura Husson Limited

Phase II construction of Norfolk (from Paisley to Green) will go to tender by the end of July, with construction beginning mid-September and lasting until December.  A Public Information Centre (PIC) will be held in mid-August.

Construction on Wyndham (from Wellington to Farquhar) will be tendered in early August, with construction beginning mid-September.  A PIC will be held in conjunction with the PIC for Norfolk.  Wyndham will re-open for the winter, and construction will resume, from Farquhar to Carden, in spring 2010.

City staff from Engineering, Traffic Investigations, Communications, and Economic Development met with members of the Downtown Guelph Business Association this week to discuss the Norfolk and Wyndham projects.

Municipal buildings projects

The City has retained a Project Manager-Facilities on an 18-month retainer to manage the five building rehabilitation projects which have received Infrastructure Stimulus Funding and RInC Funding.

Communications

 An RFP for part of the communications-marketing work associated with work funded through Infrastructure Stimulus Funds will be issued this week.  Again, in brief, this work is intended to:

  •  Create a brand for the infrastructure renewal effort
  • Mitigate discontent and frustration, and inspire a sense of promise for what is to come when improvements are complete
  • Encourage residents to continue to come downtown
  • Encourage visitors to continue to visit Guelph
  • Help residents and visitors enjoy their experience in downtown Guelph once they get here.

Also, in preparation for the first ISF projects (beginning September 2009) and to improve user access to information about all road closures, a “Road closures and traffic interruptions” thumbnail icon has been added as a feature on the home page of guelph.ca, making this information easier to find.  Involvement of stakeholders including the Downtown Guelph Business Association and the Chamber of Commerce will be incorporated into the plan as a vital component of our communications/marketing work. 

 Personnel

The City has hired a Financial Analyst to provide financial support for all of the projects associated with Infrastructure Stimulus Funds.

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